Category Archives: Voices


Oct 13, 2015 | Author: Gregory Spears

Utica College has always been so heavy on promoting diversity and equality on campus. It’s been a great experience being affiliated with the Asian Student Union as well as the Black Student Union. Pretty soon there will be multiple events between all organizations displaying multi-culture events. Everyday I hear students saying that there is not that much diversity on the campus. I believe these students make those statements because they don’t seem to reach out and converse with other students of different ethnic backrounds. There is a lot of students here from different origins and countries. It’s a beautiful thing to see that the students are abroad here at Utica College here enjoying themselves and its only going to get even greater on Utica college’s campus.

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Bald Mountain

Oct 9, 2015 | Author: Courtney Hryniowski

For a long time now I have been dying to go on a hike and Sunday, September 27th, I was finally able to fulfill that desire. I tagged along on an RA event held by Michael Cottle and Samantha Harrington to Bald Mountain in Old Forge. We had a great group of students and other RAs that went as well!

It was such a beautiful day and I felt very accomplished getting to the top of the mountain, finally being able to look out and see nothing but miles of beauty. It was so liberating to just sit there and realize that we are part of such a beautiful world. This may sound very silly but I felt so free and there wasn’t anything to worry about. All I wanted to do was just sit there and appreciate what was right in front of me!

I could ramble on about how beautiful this day was but let me stop and let the pictures do the talking…


Look at these hikers go!

My boyfriend Michael Cottle and I enjoying the view.





Play All Day

Oct 9, 2015 | Author: Courtney Hryniowski

On Friday, September 25th, my classmates from my Play as Curriculum class and I had the opportunity to go to The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester. Let me tell you… I had an absolute blast! I have never been to a place like this before so it was really awesome to be able to go somewhere like this!

Upon arrival, my classmates and I were given a presentation about the background of how the museum first came about, what each part of the museum included, as well as some information about the importance of play. Some people think that play is just a simple act but there is so much more to what play is and how significantly important it is. According to the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them.

It is important to know that play isn’t also just for children, but for everyone. Whether it is coloring in those new, popular coloring books for adults or going outside to toss a ball around, giving yourself time to relax and have some fun is essential.

The Strong National Museum of Play definitely made me realize that I will always be a kid at heart and that is perfectly okay. After our presentation, my good friend Courtney Stocker and I were so excited to check out the museum! We started with the Reading Adventureland, which we both agreed was our favorite part of the museum. Courtney and I were running around having a blast, laughing and reminiscing about some of the stories that we read when we were younger. We then continued on to the rest of the museum, playing games left and right! Some of the things we did that day were play out a scene for our other classmates, played an intense game of battleship, made princess crowns, shopped at Wegmans, popped some virtual bubbles, visited Sesame Street, sat in Big Bird’s nest, hung out with the Berenstain Bears, and so much more. It seriously was such an amazing day and I can’t wait for the next time I can go back!

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the day:

Harry Potter princess crowns, don't mind if we do!

Harry Potter princess crowns, don’t mind if we do!

"Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?"

“Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?”



Da bears.

Da bears.

Fall Break is Upon Us!

Oct 8, 2015 | Author: Tessa Lamper

Hey Everyone!

As much as I love Utica College, I am so excited for fall break! This year we get Monday and Tuesday off, which means we have Friday (after class) till Tuesday! I am so excited to go home and ride my horse and spend time with family, but I also have a midterm the day I come back.

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I am sure many of you are also in this dilemma and you probably also have other homework and projects to work on during break. When I am home I sometimes get too distracted to do work and end up procrastinating till the night before classes start again, which results in a ton of stress that could have been prevented. Some ways I am going to avoid procrastination are:

1. By making a list of things I need to do over break before I even leave for break.

2. Get as much work completed as possible before going home for the break.

3. Make a plan as to when I am going to complete each task by and follow through

4. Inform my family of what I need to get done (because they are very motivating to help me get my work done) and this will also allow them to know that I need some personal time to get work done.

5. Check off the tasks I complete in order to “count down” what I have to do still (this also feels pretty satisfying!)

I hope everyone has a great fall break and remember to have fun and don’t procrastinate for Wednesday!

Homecoming Relived

Oct 8, 2015 | Author: Tessa Lamper

Another Homecoming came and left last weekend but I think Homecoming 2015 was the best! I will run you through some of my favorite parts!

Friday: I registered early and was able to get a pair of the awesome free Utica College gloves!FullSizeRender

On Friday I also went with my friends to the Utica carnival, played games and won posters, rode the rides, went to the casino night and the UC pub night (I am 21 so I was finally able to experience the $2 wine!)


This was one of the games we played to win posters! I won a Walking Dead poster! (Walking Dead comes back on this Sunday, by the way!!!)


President Hutton stopped by the casino night and we played Roulette together! Turns out, neither of us were very good at gambling!

Day 2: My friends and I went to the tailgating behind White Hall before the UC football game against Ithica. There were so many organizations with tents, but my favorite was the Utica College Construction Management tent. If you smelled something amazing in the air, it was from there! The CM students started smoking ribs a couple days prior to the tailgating and Professor Dubbelde  topped them off with his secret recipe sauce (probably the Krabby Patty formula). It was delish!


The football game was intense and our mascot Trax even assisted a proposal! The game went into overtime and we won! We then went to check out our beautiful new dome and it really is amazing! I cannot wait to watch the first UC event in there!

Overall it was a great weekend and I cant wait for next year!

Spooky Activities This Fall

Oct 8, 2015 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

The Utica Area is a local area that is obsessed with Fall. You think I say this lightly? I do not. Being a Utica native myself, I can say with the utmost confidence that Fall is truly the season meant for Central New York.

There are apples to pick at local orchards, vegetables to snag at farmers markets, trees to oogle at up North, as well as spooky activities to be frightened by. With Fall being a local favorite, anything Halloween related is also well-within the favorites range.

Some of my favorite local things to do just so happen to be of the Halloween variety. Lucky for all locals and visitors, the Oneida County Tourism Department puts out a handy brochure of all ghost and goblin filled Halloween-esque events.  So take a look at the pictures below and see if any events peak your thrill-seeking fancy. I know I’ll be headed to a few of the events as well!

Enjoy the season! And be sure to check out as many local events as you can! Take advantage of the Fall weather…because before we know it, snow will be here. (Which brings with it a whole host of winter events to be taken advantage of!)

Happy early Halloween!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Oct 2, 2015 | Author: Grace Pfeifer

Warning this post might be a little redundant but I really really love Fall, so here it goes.

Yesterday, started the first day of my favorite season. Since I could remember, I have always been a fall and Halloween fanatic. Even though 90% of the time Upstate/Central New York has been less than the ideal climate to live in, it always seems to shine in Fall. So I’d thought I start the season off well with a short blog on eleven reasons why fall in Utica is actually the best.

1.Fall clothes- Who doesn’t love trading in shorts and tank tops to wear clothes you can eat a whole pizza in the night before, and for it not to show. Sweaters, scarves, jeans and high boots are actually the best things ever invented.
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2. Football, Football, and a little more Football. Nothing like kicking back on a Sunday afternoon after a long and stressful week, to watch your favorite team kick some butt. Football, pizza, wings, and good company are all you really need in life.


3. All the pretty colors. Who doesn’t love walking around and seeing all the beautiful colors that fall has to offer. Red, green, orange, have never been a better color combination.


4.  It’s not too hot and not too cold, all you need is a light jacket.

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5. Pumpkin spice coffee, pumpkin spice donuts, pumpkin spice pizza, pumpkin spice everythinggg. Or should I say pugkin spice?


6. Halloween Candy. The stores are loaded with delicious multi packs of combinations of your favorite treats. No one will ever be too old for candy.                                                               candy

7. Haunted Houses/ Haunted Hayrides. Who doesn’t love a good thrill every once in a while? getting your scare on with a group of friends at a Haunted House sounds like a good time to me.


8. HALLOWEEN costumes. Nothing is better than a good old fashion Halloween costume. Keeping it classy and original is my favorite kind of costume. Flash back to sophomore year when I dressed as one of the girls in the “What does the Fox say” music video.


9. That weird burning smell that is always in the air when you walk outside but is strangely refreshing. I’m still waiting for them to make a Yankee candle of that smell. I’ll totally be their first customer when they do.

10. Last but not least, HALLOWEEN movies. Nothing will make you feel like more of a kid again than binge watching Hocus Pocus and all the Halloween Town movies again.  Who remembers a time when the only thing they had to worry about is what time “Halloweentown Revenge of the Kalabar’s” was on?

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11. Last but not least…Homecoming! This year UC brought back the free carnival complete with thrilling rides and all the classic carnival games. What could be better? Don’t forget to invite your families to all the events and tomorrow’s football game!

So sit back, relax, and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year because soon it will be covered with ten feet of snow…



Stressed Out? Take a Hike.

Sep 29, 2015 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

We’re so fortunate at Utica College to be not-too far from one of the most beautiful national forest reserves in the entirety of the United States. Literally, head up north for just an hour and you’ll be submersed in mountains and trees and glorious fresh air; it’s something every UC student should experience at least once.

This Sunday one of the RA’s in the First Year Village was holding a floor event where people could sign up to go for a hike. I signed up once I knew there were enough spots left, and convinced a friend to tag along. It was a beautiful day and we were lucky it wasn’t too hot in the sun-it was literally “just right.”

The hike was up Bald Mountain which is just outside of the Old Forge area. It’s a relatively easy hike and barely takes a half hour to submit the top. There isn’t too much fancy-footwork required, but there are a view rock faces you have to scale. My philosophy is, “if that dog can do it, so can I.” The views at the top, however, are beautiful and well worth the climb.

So, if you find yourself stressed and in need of some nature-time: head up to the mountains, gain some perspective, and enjoy the view.

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(The view from the top of Bald Mountain.)

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(Courtney and Gator attempting some relaxing yoga at the summit.)

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(George and I scoping out the view.)

MVRCR: What is it?

Sep 24, 2015 | Author: Tessa Lamper

One of my Occupational Therapy classes is called “Community” and it is to teach us about social interaction with people and having proper communication skills. For the class, we go to the classroom every other week and every week we go to the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees. The Center is a school for refugees who need to learn English and there are different levels or “grades” the center has for the students. I was placed in the Level 2 learning where students are learning basic English: reading, writing and speaking such as “what is your name, where are you from”. I was really nervous my first day at the center because I have never been in a situation like that before and I have never been around a lot of diversity (besides at Utica College). When I went in my first day, my nervousness vanished because I was amazed by the bravery the students had, in order to travel so far from home! The students were from all over the world and from small countries I have never even heard of before! It was also really neat to see the clothing that some students wore because they wore their traditional attire. I introduced myself and it was such an eye opener to speak with the students and learn a bit more about them. They were also very welcoming for me to come to their classroom to assist them and in the process they have also taught me a lot. I feel that my favorite part of the experience was to watch them during their “break time” because even though they spoke different languages and come from all over the world, they were all interacting with one another and making friendships. I am very excited about this experience that the UC OT program is giving me and I know it will help me with communication in the future as an OT. Here is the link to the website for more information!

Whats Happening at Homecoming 2015?!

Sep 24, 2015 | Author: Tessa Lamper

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Mark your calendars for October 2-4 for Utica College’s annual Homecoming! For anyone that does not know, Homecoming at Utica College is a big deal and a lot of fun for students, families and alumni. You can still register online (for free depending on the activities you want to participate in) and if you sign up early, you can receive a free pair of Utica College texting gloves! Your friends from home or even your family is also invited to register for Homecoming and there are many events they can participate in! Also, do not be embarrassed to bring your family, many students are excited to invite their families to Utica College for this event. There is a large variety of events going on next weekend, but here are some of the events I am planning on participating in.

1. Friday: Casino Night hosted by the Inter Greek Council in Streble Student Center from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. This is so much fun! There is no money involved, you show up and receive a cup of chips to play the games and at the end you can turn your chips in for raffle tickets! It is a lot of fun, it is easy for people of all ages and there are always great prizes.

2. Friday: Pub Night from 8:00pm – 12am in Pioneer Pub. There is beer and wine for those 21 and up and there are rootbeer floats for anyone! There will be a talent show, WPNR (our campus radio station) will be taking song requests and there will be dancing!

3. Saturday: Tailgating in the Burrstone Road Entrance, Parking lot A from 11:00am – 1:00pm to prepare for the UC football game! Many organizations have tents with food and beverages including beverages for those of you 21 and up!
4. Saturday: 1pm, Utica College football vs. Ithaca College at the stadium! Be sure to check out the new dome and wear your blue and orange!
I am sure I will be attending other events as well and you can find out more at under “Register Now”.
There is something for everyone so do not be shy, come to the events and have a great time!